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    Love at the Bottom of the Sea

    Many of us recognize that the special bond between a father and his daughter is an irreplaceable force that nothing in the universe can break.  Whether he is proudly [...]
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    Puglia: The Far Side of the Boot

    Seekers of all things Italian often have an inevitable tendency to focus their admiration on the country’s usual suspects:  Tuscany, Northern Italy, Amalfi Coast, and even [...]
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    My Visit to Marchesi di Barolo

    On a warm summer day in July, I found myself driving through Italy’s Piedmont wine region and stopped by the beautiful village of Barolo. Mesmerizing with its continuous [...]
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    Grower Champagne Anyone?

    Last Monday happened to be one my favorite days of the year.  Why, you ask?  Well, it just so happened to be the annual Grower-Producer Champagne event from Terry Theise [...]
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    Get Lost

      Security and uniformity are the enemies of growth and enlightenment.  People are all victims of their own insecurities, so don’t let others impact how you feel [...]
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    German Love

    As my tribute to the inexplicably mesmerizing wines of Deutschland, this article is titled after the song “German Love” by one of my all-time favorite indie bands, [...]
In the spotlight

Top 5 Wines of the Week

by juju in Wine Reviews

As seen in Drink Me Magazine 2012 Chateau Musar  –  “Jeune” White Blend –   Bekaa Valley, Lebanon A captivating creation from the Middle East, it [...]


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    Tannat: A Friend with Healthy Benefits

    April 16, 2013 // 4 Comments

    Now here is a grape you may have never encountered before.  But don ’t worry, it’s not because you’ve been living under a rock.  Because these wines are so far under [...]
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    To Dosage or Not to Dosage?

    January 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

    So just what in the hell is dosage?  Technically speaking, it’s the final addition to sparkling wine that’s composed of a mixture of cane sugar syrup and wine – thus [...]

Stories from Abroad

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    Get Lost

    May 13, 2014 // 4 Comments

      Security and uniformity are the enemies of growth and enlightenment.  People are all victims of their own insecurities, so don’t let others impact how you feel [...]
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    ‘Taro’ and the Indigenous World

    April 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

    This video clip for ‘Taro’ by Alt-J displays an inspiring montage of scenes from the 1988 film “Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation.”  For those who aren’t [...]

A Day in the Life

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    The Old Man and the Sea

    May 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

    Rummaging through old boxes in the attic of my childhood home, I blew dust off of some old books that I had read back in school.  Peering down at faded cover art enclosing [...]


Dinner at a beautiful chateau with lovely winemakers and a surprise 1945 Saumur Chenin Blanc to commemorate the Americans liberating France in WWII.  Can't fight tears. ♡♡♥♥ #France #wine #LoireValley #Saumur #WWII #beautifulworld Battle of the Bulge memorial and remembering my father the hero. #WWII#Belgium #hero #POW Loving the day with the London love of my life ♡♡♥♥ #London #besties #love #England #summerlove Pandadog #puppylove  #dogs #SanFrancisco  #volunteeringforlife

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